Did you know?
Anxiety is a MAJOR concern for so many women throughout the menopause transition. Not just related to menopause hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) but to mid-life in general.
These two hormones have receptor sites in our brain. As they play out their dance of highs and lows this can affect our ability to think clearly, and also in regulating our moods leading to unexplained feelings of anxiety and sadness.
One of the most important first considerations in managing anxiety is to identify the source of any STRESS, then determine ways of managing that stress to the best of your ability.
We all have stress in our lives, yet what may be causing stress to one person, may well not be a stress to another. We have to remember here that we are all unique, and at no time should we be either judgemental to another’s ability to handle their stress, and especially not judge ourselves too harshly for not managing our own!
Stress creates negative emotions, hence the increased anxiety. Here is a simple stress test to assess your level:
Stress test (foodforthebrain.org)
If you answer yes to five or more, that’s a fair indication you’re highly stressed. The higher your score, the greater the negative impact of stress on your life.
Our adrenal glands are responsible for producing the stress hormone cortisol, and cortisol is fed by a mother hormone called pregnenolone. Pregnenolone also nurtures progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone, the main hormones that fluctuate and cause havoc throughout the menopause years. As cortisol has first call on the mother hormone pregnenolone (just in case the stress in your life is really a sabre tooth tiger chasing you!), it can leave insufficient for the other hormones to do their job to the best of their ability.
So finding ways to manage your stress and reduce anxiety is really important.
Here it’s definitely a case of ‘no one size fits all’! So I highly encourage you to explore these suggestions, see what works for you, what doesn’t. Please do consider these as tools in your tool box, to bring out individually, or in combination, find out what works for you at any one time.
Of course, if your anxiety is severe, please do talk to your GP about medical options.
What natural remedies or solutions have you found to help you with anxiety?
Helping busy ladies naturally create harmony and health through the menopause years and beyond. Regain control, confidence, and be free to live the life they choose.
A full hysterectomy in her 30s led nutritional therapist and health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploring the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create long-term health.
Clare prefers the natural approach, and qualifying in nutritional therapy gave her the confidence to come off HRT, take back control of her life and health, and look forward to living the best third of her life free of prescription drugs. Understanding the importance of creating harmony of health of both body and mind through menopause and beyond, she’s now on a mission to inspire, educate and empower other women, too. Help them create their ‘new life’.
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